Steeple in the Distance


The year is 1915. Annabelle Kathleen Delainey, called Nan, thinks that at 15 she is ready to be a woman. Confident her statement will make it so, she eagerly assumes the responsibility of being the sole mistress of the farmhouse. She is certain that “grand thoughts” will come with it. She learns that becoming a woman means dealing with change: the change in the family from her mother’s death the previous year, the changes that are demanded on the farm, the changes in her relationships with her brothers, the changes within herself. Stirred into her stew of changes are an opinionated classmate, a cantankerous neighbor and several unexpected suitors. She learns that dealing with the challenges of daily duties, failures, irritations, annoyances and intermittent successes, do not inspire grand thoughts.  Nan finds solid ground under the shifting changes when her view is focused upward, up to the cross on the steeple of the Lutheran church.





Author:  Deborah Ude    Copyright:  2015   Paperback

Deborah Ude is the daughter of a Lutheran pastor. Her husband and three of their sons are also in the preaching ministry.  The family’s home is west central Wisconsin on the campus of a small Lutheran high school, college and seminary where her husband teaches theology. Writing, visits from nine children and ten grandchildren, campus activities, and occasional substitute teaching adequately fill the empty nest.

Steeple in the Distance is Deborah Ude’s first novel. Though she wrote poetry and short stories throughout high school and college, the Lord used her creative talents in teaching, then raising nine children. When the last of the children entered the final stages of leaving home, Deborah realized time was available to develop her writing skills. The lack of novels based on her German Lutheran heritage suggested a niche that she could attempt to fill. With both time and the glimmer of an idea, Steeple in the Distance began to emerge.


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